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Web Link to the MDHTALK Legislation and Regulations Metal Detecting Page

WWATS - Texas Treasure Show 2009 Keith Wills
The following eight - 10 minute You Tube videos represent Keith Wills presentation on the condition of the Metal Detecting Hobby and what can be done.
Video One, Video Two, Video Three, Video Four, Video Five, Video Six, Video Seven, Video Eight

Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological Clubs
                                   Inc. (FMDAC)

FMDAC Website (New Website Layout)

FMDAC Facebook Page

The Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological Clubs Inc. (FMDAC) was organized in 1984 as a legislative and educational organization and incorporated, as a non-profit, non-commercial, non-partisan organization.

The FMDAC's Mission: The FMDAC is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and protection for the hobby of recreational metal detecting and prospecting.

The FMDAC's Purpose:
To unite, promote and encourage the establishment of metal detecting clubs.
To preserve the sport / hobby of recreational metal detecting and prospecting.
To make available to FMDAC clubs and Independent members information pertaining to the hobby and to keep members informed as to active legislation.

The FMDAC's Goal is to Educate and inform the public as to the merits of recreational metal detecting.

MDAW - Metal Detecting Association of Washington

MDAW Website

The Metal Detecting Association of Washington was started to promote, protect and preserve recreational metal detecting here, in the State of Washington. Some of the concerns related to detecting in this state are unique to the Pacific Northwest. As a group we strive to work with hobbyists, in clubs or not, who want to enjoy metal detecting, follow the rules set down about the hobby and in some cases help to change those rules. The MDAW works in cooperation with the Office of Historical and Archaeological Preservation of Washington State and Washington State Parks.

The MDAW is an active organization of metal detecting clubs and individuals throughout Washington State working to promote recreational metal detecting for the public.

A project being worked on at this time is trying to get state parks to open more areas within the designated state recreational lands to recreational metal detecting.

Having completed an educational workshop with staff from the archaeological preservation office of Washington State. We have what we feel is a good working relationship and are working to keep it that way.

On the following pages you will find many parks and other areas that may be open to metal detecting.  Always make sure that an area is ok to detect.

Please read these links to the latest WA State Park rules.

Metal Detecting Maps Be sure you check maps and complete a metal detecting brochure.

County and city rules may vary. Please check with the individual parks departments.

  Texas Association of Metal Detecting Clubs

The purpose of the TAMDC shall be to unite, promote, and encourage metal detecting clubs in Texas, through education and instruction in the recovery and preservation of historical facts, relics, and artifacts. It is the intent and charter of this association to develop and maintain a positive image for metal detectorists and their activities at local, state, and national levels through performance of selected community service projects and through adherence to the TAMDC code of ethics.

T.A.M.D.C. Website

T.A.M.D.C. FaceBook Page

The Historical Hearne-Gidden Home Coming Back to Life
From Houston to Ft. Worth, from Dallas to Austin, and all towns in between, twenty metal detectorists from the Texas Association of Metal Detecting Clubs (T.A.M.D.C.) converged on Kosse, TX on December 16th in partnership with the Kosse Heritage Society for a T.A.M.D.C. “GIVES BACK” Community Service Project. The purpose of the event was to help raise awareness and funds for Kosse Heritage Society’s, Hearne-Gidden Restoration Project, by recovering historical artifacts from the ground around the historical home. Read More
LogoSierra Rivers. The hunt for the motherlode begins here.
We took over 100,000 historic lode claims in California and mapped them using Arc Gis. What results is a well defined map of the Motherlode. Whether you're looking for placer or lode gold, locating a claim in this gold belt is your best bet. The old saying is if you want to find gold, go where gold has been found. We have several online, interactive, maps which show you gold and silver locations throughout the US. We've mapped gold and silver locations; historic fault zones and the Motherlode.

Sierra Rivers Website

AMRA-American Mining Rights Association is a 501 (c)(3) Non-profit Association and was created by miners and public land users, for miners and public land users to preserve and maintain their rights as they pertain to access to their public lands and their rights to obtain the minerals on those lands. We are not a gold club but rather an advocacy group.

AMRA Website

AMRA FaceBook Page

Get the Latest News from these websites. Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA) - News on legal issues for the gold prospecting community.  

Gold Prospectors Website

GPAA Facebook Page

February News Link

Prospecting and Mining Journal (IMCJ)- News on legal issues in the gold prospecting community.

Prospecting and Mining Journal Website

IMCJ Facebook Page

February Mining District News

Public Lands for the People - A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

Public Lands for the People Website

PLP Facebook Page

PLP was constructed for the purpose of representing all outdoor user groups and individuals that are interested in keeping public and private lands open to prospecting, mining, and outdoor recreation on a non-discriminatory basis! PLP assists groups to join forces to maintain the laws and rights of all citizens on public and private lands (Federal, State and City). PLP will assist with representation at public hearings of government agencies that are proposing limitations and restrictions on the lands that belong to the people. PLP DOES LITIGATE! We will file injunctions, when necessary, to prevent governmental agencies from discussing public issues behind closed doors and calling them “personnel meetings”. We will come to the aid of, and give individual attention to, persons or groups who are being harassed, intimidated or mislead by people in authority (in or out of uniform) who are attempting to enforce their own ideas or opinions of laws, rules or regulations, rather than the actual laws, rules or regulations, and what it actually means.

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Release Suction Dredge Science - Update in the Works
Public Lands for the People (PLP) is presently funding a non-partisan review of the science behind suction dredging, mining and reclamation of precious metals, lead, and mercury and its effect on the eco-system. The on-going study, to be concluded by the Spring of 2022, will produce a professional and published peer review paper. If the study concludes that suction dredge mining can be carried out as is presently and legally done under suction dredge reclamation, then political pressure can better be applied to provide equity and lift the present draconian rules on suction dredge mining. This strategy has the potential to help other miners in states such as Oregon, Washington and Idaho who have also been struggling with the same misconceptions, policies and draconian rules.

Afraid to go back in the Water?
If you are a PLP member and have your CA Suction Dredge Guide for Reclamation Purposes card and would like a hands-on demonstration, then you should call Reinke Mining Adventures & Services (www.reinkegoldmining.com) at 530-913-1563 to sign up for upcoming river/creek demonstrations in northern California, the first of which will be held on June 19th near Camptonville, CA. There is very limited space to park at the claim so we request you carpool as much as possible. The claim is not far from the highway and is on a good dirt road. There is only space for 50 people and about 25 vehicles, so we ask that you call to sign up with Josh at RGM Mining Group and you will be given directions to the claim: First Come. First Served. We have extended an invitation to representatives of the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife. Due to limited space, this event will only be open to PLP Members.

If you like the work PLP does, please help by supporting the 2021 PLP Grand Raffle that keeps us in the fight for your rights, coming up with "outside the box" solutions that benefit our members AND the environment!

A book of 12 tickets is only $10. We have a lot of great high-value prizes including 3 dredge trips in Oregon, mining claim, detectors, gold and MUCH MORE! See our ad in the June ICMJ Prospecting & Mining Journal for a list of the prizes. See the Grand Raffle ad in the Mining Journal online too: www.icmj.com. You can't win if you don't enter! Tickets are available through July 11th for purchase by phone for the July 14th 2021 Grand Raffle Drawing. You can call our toll-free number 844-PLP-1990 which is 844-757-1990 or Mail a Check by July 5th (to the address below) and specify the number of ticket books you wish to have mailed to you.
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